CLAYTON —The eighth seeded Wayne boys soccer team closed out the regular season with a 3-0 loss to top-seeded Beavercreek in the rain Tuesday night at Northmont in one of three sectional finals. Beavercreek improved to 14-1-4 with their third straight tournament shutout, previously defeating Greenville 6-0 and West Carrollton 8-0. Wayne closed out the regular season at 9-8-2.
Wayne trailed Beavercreek 2-0 at halftime.
“We made a couple of mistakes defensively and they scored on us,” said Wayne Coach Dennis Snider. “We came out…and were moving the ball real quickly and actually controlling a lot of the play and then they started going back the other way and they scored a goal on a nice shot.”
Beavercreek’s Brad Adams scored the opening goal from 20 yards seven minutes into the contest. Ryan Albers added the second Beavercreek goal with under 10 minutes left in the half.
In the second half, Beavercreek’s Evan Peterson closed out the scoring with less than 10 minutes left on a header that was in the box. Wayne was pushing up trying to score in an attempt to get back in the game.
“The second half, we played well,” said Snider. “We held them until we had to do something to come back and win the game, so we pushed a defender up to striker up front…”
With the score 3-0, Wayne then started making substitutions to get other players into the game.
Beavercreek had seven shots on goal compared to four for Wayne. Wayne goalie Nate Strong recorded four saves.
Snider said Beavercreek played well and capitalized on Wayne’s mistakes and scored.
“Their defense was good and we couldn’t couldn’t penetrate their defense,” said Snider.
Snider said his players gave a great effort.
“It wasn’t due to a lack of effort on their part,” said Snider. “They all gave a good effort and they just couldn’t get it done.”
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